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It’s catfish season at Lake Wohlford

Josephine Miles of Long Beach caught a 10.3 pound catfish last week.

Park hours: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (open seven days a week.)

dock closes: 7 p.m.

Last Plant: 1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Tuesday July 3.

Next Plant: 1,000 lbs. of Channel Catfish Friday July 20.

Water temperature: At surface 77.36 f., 7.30 D.O. @ 15’ 77.36 f., 5.89 D.O.

Water level: Low level, private water craft are currently banned.

Permit and Boat Rentals are sold at the Ranger Station. At present, we do not sell fishing licenses, bait, or tackle, so anglers must acquire these essential items elsewhere prior to their visit. All day motor boats are discounted to $20 for seniors on Tuesday and Thursdays and for active military every Saturday.

Due to the threat of Quagga mussels, there is a ban on private water craft and equipment. Restricted equipment includes; private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors, and other equipment that contacts the water.

Catfish are being caught throughout the lake with limits coming out of the east end and the west buoys. Josephine Miles of Long Beach, who makes a habit of catching big cats here at the lake, brought in a 10.30 pound catfish Thursday she caught using cut mackerel at the West Buoy Line. Lake Wohlford cats prefer cut mackerel or chicken liver. Stop by the ranger station to pick up a dough-bait recipe that works well for both catfish and carp.

Largemouth bass can be found lurking around structure. The bass respond well to shad raps, frogs, and dark colored plastics.

Crappie are being caught in Boat Dock Cove and by boaters trolling for them. Crappie prefer cover and are most often caught using finger jigs or live golden shiners.

Each month Whopper Contest winners in four categories are awarded a free fishing and boating permit. For information on the contest or fishing conditions, please contact the Ranger Station at 760-839-4346.

To view Lake Wohlford’s current fish photos, visit


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